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300 Years for The Royal Regiment of Artillery
On 26 May 2016 The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA) celebrated its 300th Anniversary with a Review before Her Majesty The Queen, the Captain General at Larkhill, Wiltshire.
Since the end of the 2nd World War the Royal Artillery has played an important role in Nordic skiing and later also in Biathlon. On the occasion of their Tercentenary (“Ubique 300”) it is worth noting the achievements of the 25 Gunner athletes who have represented Great Britain in 12 Olympic Winter Games since 1956. Congratulations also go to the nine different Gunner Regimental Teams who have won the Army Nordic Championships.
Historical note: Guns were first used by the English in the early fourteenth century, but it was almost four hundred years before a permanent force of artillery was formed. On 26 May 1716 the first two permanent companies of Royal Artillery were formed by Royal Warrant in the reign of George I. The two companies numbered 100 men each.
EX RACING ICE 2 (12-18 Feb 2017)
Ex RACING ICE 2 is the annual Army Novice, Junior and Senior Ice Sport Championship to be held in Igls Innsbruck, Austria
- Staff Depart 11/02, Arrive 12/02
- Competitors Arrive 12/02
- Slide 13/02 to 16/02
- Race Day 17th February
- Depart 18/02
The Exercise comprises of a training week followed by a race day.
Ex RACING ICE 2 is open to all army personnel from regular and reservist units. All participants must be medically fit, have an annual membership with the Army Winter Sports Association (AWSA) and be members of the Army Sports Lottery (ASL), holding a full complement of tickets. Only individuals who have successfully completed a Novice Ice Camp may drive a 2-man, skeleton or luge bobsleigh. Absolute novices may attend but ONLY as a 2-man Bobsleigh Brakeman or in exceptional circumstances at the discipline Chairman’s discretion.
EX RACING ICE 2 APPLICATION FORM – ARMY NOVICE, JUNIOR & SENIOR ICE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Exercise Racing Ice I (2016) is the Army Winter Sports Associations’ (AWSA) annual introduction to Ice Sports event. For the purposes of this exercise Ice Sports includes the disciplines of Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton.
Staff Depart UK with equipment PM 25/11 Arrive Igls 26/11
Week One, Students Leave UK 26/11. Arrive 27/11, Slide 28/11 to 02/12, Depart 03/12
Week Two, Students Leave UK 03/12. Arrive 04/12, Slide 05/12 to 09/12, All Depart 10/12
Participants are only able to practice one of the three disciplines during their time in resort. All participants must be a current member of the AWSA (£15 per year). Failure to adhere to this will result in your application being rejected. Participants who are members of the Army Sports Lottery (ASL) will have their entry fee reduced pro rata, dependent on the amount of tickets held, (£25 per ticket).
Luge is not for the faint hearted as Sgt Gary Kendall shows in his fantastic video from the Army Ice Sports Championships.
EX RACING ICE – Major Richard Orvis, currently serving with 11th Infantry Brigade, is in Igls Austria to learn how to ride the skeleton.
Combined Services Inter Service Snow Sports Competition 2016
TEAM COMBINED CHAMPIONS
|Alpine (F): ARMY
Alpine (M): ARMY
|Snowboard (F): ARMY
Snowboard (M): ARMY
|Telemark: ARMY||Cresta: ARMY|
|Downhill (F): ARMY
Downhill (M): RN
|Slalom (F): ARMY
Slalom (M): ARMY
|Super G (F): ARMY
Super G (M): RAF
|Giant Slalom (F): ARMY
Giant Slalom (M): RN
|INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS||Ladies Ind Champ:
Sqn Ldr Wroe RAF
Ladies Ind 2nd:
Capt Kehoe Army
Ladies Ind 3rd:
Lt Henderson RN
|Mens Ind Champ:
WO2 MacPherson Army
Mens Ind 2nd:
Capt White Army
Mens Ind 3rd:
AB Wild RN
|Best Newcomer (F):
Capt Birtwhistle Army
Best Newcomer (M):
Spr Southall Army
Best Disabled Skier:
Cpl Winter Army
BOBSLEIGH – LUGE – SKELETON
|Prince Phillip Trophy||–||–||–|
|SBX (F): ARMY
|Slopestyle (F): ARMY
Slopestyle (M): RN
|Parallel GS (F): ARMY
Parallel GS (M): ARMY
|INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS||Ladies Ind Champ:
Maj Beszant Army
Ladies Ind 2nd:
Pte Kinnear Army
Ladies Ind 3rd:
NA Aldridge RN
|Mens Ind Champ:
LAET Taylor RN
Mens Ind 2nd:
Flt Lt Morris RAF
Mens Ind 3rd:
LCpl Gregory Army
Pte Kinnear Army
AB Sanderson RN
|Giant Slalom: ARMY||Classic: RN||Sprint: ARMY||Parallel Sprint: ARMY|
|INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS||Ind Champ:
Mne Dobie RM
2Lt Hurst Army
Cpl Johnson Army
2Lt Hurst Army
CRESTA – ARMY & INTER SERVICES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
NEW CHAIRMAN FOR AWSA – Jan 2016
Lt Gen J Lorimer DSO MBE (at right) officially handed over the reins to Maj Gen P Sanders CBE DSO (left) at the Army Alpine Championships in Serre Chevalier, France on 24 January 2016.
Gen Lorimer is moving on to become the President of the AWSA – which is great news for winter sports and the organisation.
EX LIONS CHALLENGE 2016 RESULTS
EX LIONS CHALLENGE – Army Championships 2016
|MENS COMBINATION LADIES COMBINATION||INTER CORPS COMB
INTER UNIT COMB
SUPER GIANT SLALOM (GS) – 28 JAN
DOWNHILL – 27 JAN
TEAM SLALOM – 24 JAN
INDIVIDUAL SLALOM – 23 JAN
TEAM GIANT SLALOM – 22 JAN
INDIVIDUAL GIANT SLALOM – 21 JAN
EX RUCKSACK – Army Nordic Championships 2016 RESULTS
Exercise RUCKSACK is the British National, Inter-Service, Inter-Corps and Army Nordic Ski Championships – also open to international, civilian and guest teams:
Biathlon Sprint – Men Inter Service
Biathlon Sprint – Men Snr Nov
Biathlon Sprint – Men Team
Biathlon Sprint – Men Jnr
Biathlon Sprint – Men
Comb Marina after 5 events
Biathlon Sprint – Women Team
Biathlon Sprint – Women
Biathlon Sprint – Women IS
EX TELEMARK TITAN RESULTS – 2 0 1 6
EX SPARTAN HIKE 2016 – RESULTS
19 Jan – SUPER G in lieu of DH
18 Jan – SUPER G
HILL 2 – Super G – Team
16 Jan – IND GS
14/15 Jan – TEAM GS
13 Jan – SLALOM
12 Jan – TEAM SLALOM
EX PIPEDOWN 2016 – RESULTS
18 JAN – Super G
17 JAN – Downhill
14 JAN – Team Slalom
13 JAN – Slalom
12 JAN – Team Giant Slalom
11 JAN – Giant Slalom
The 2015/16 Telemark Rules are now available to view:
FIS Telemark Rules (opens new page)
Some like it soft – Silk Baselayer opportunity!
AWSA has received a request by Patra, a supplier of pure silk thermal base layers, to be put in touch with an AWSA event Team Captain with a view to providing support to training/competition with the provision of silk base layers, in return for a blog entry on their website (for an example see http://blog.patra.com/?s=ormond). These natural layers are warm and lightweight, they wick away moisture and pack to nothing.
A team with a proven track record at Army level would be ideal but all ideas gratefully received! If you think you have the right stuff, please get in touch immediately with the AWSA Sponsorship Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
(AWSA does not endorse any supplier – please make your own judgements when procuring clothing and equipment)
This entry will be updated when the arrangement is complete but until then, diem carpe!
1. The AWSA Army Ski Competition Rule Book is published in 2 disciplines – Alpine and Nordic. The Nordic ski disciplines covered include Biathlon, Cross Country (XC) and the Military Patrol Race.
2. AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules are based on, and do not repeat:
- The 2014 International Biathlon Union (IBU) Rules – Sections 2 to 4.
- The 2014 International Ski Competition Rules (ICR) of the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) – Book II Cross Country.
3. These rules are to be read and followed by all competitors. The full IBU / FIS rules have been modified principally to ensure that the ethos of Army ski racing remains based on team events, notably in Section 2 (Draw, Seeding and Assignment of Start Numbers). When National competitions are hosted by the AWSA at Army Championships, they are conducted under the appropriate IBU or FIS Rules.
4. The AWSA Management Committee has delegated ratification of the AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules to Chairman Army Nordic, who acts with the advice of the British Armed Forces Nordic Ski Committee (BANSC). The Nordic Competition Rules will be formally reviewed and promulgated annually. Proposed amendments should be sent to: email@example.com.
5. This Rule Book ‘sets the standard’ for the Army and Regional Championships and is the goal of all Corps Championships. Due to the reduced infrastructure and resources available at Corps and even Regional Championships these standards may have to be relaxed; the competition procedures and conduct of competitions should be as close to these Rules as possible. Safety, both personal and weapon, must never be compromised. Athletes and officials are to be thoroughly briefed when local conditions dictate that Rules are to be amended or that a lower standard is necessary. The Chairman BANSC reserves the right to take into account any lowering of standards at Regional Championships when qualifying teams and individuals for the Army Championships.
6. The distribution of these rules is through the AWSA web-site: www.awsa.org.uk. This 2016 edition is effective from 1 November 2015. It completely replaces all previous editions and amendments of the AWSA Nordic Rule Book, which should be destroyed.
SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS IN THIS EDITION
- Section 3. Significantly revised and reduced, refer directly to IBU or FIS rules.
- Rule 1.10. The UKAF Competition.
- Rule 1.12. “Novice Exemption” for officers attending RMAS ski touring exercises removed.
- Rule 4.15.1 & 4.16.10. Skating in a classic race.
- Rule 126.96.36.199. Patrol race composition for Reserve Units.
- Rule 5.13.2. SA80A2 with iron sights (no bipods), HK .22” conversion kit and removable muzzle cover. The rifle must be attached to the outside of the rucksack.
- Rule 5.13.3. An empty 5.56mm blank firing attachment magazine (yellow).
- Rule 5.14. Patrol Race Safety Equipment: A mobile phone, standard First Aid Kit and service issue bivvy bag (not a survival bag or blanket). Without which the patrol will not be allowed to start.
- Rule 5.38. Unused ammunition must be handed to the FPO before leaving the firing point. Any ammunition found in magazines or equipment at the In-Inspection is a DSQ.
- Rule 5.40. Command task.
- Annex B. The Women’s Biathlon Relay is now 4 x 6 km (not 3 x 6 km).
Snowboard Association Rules 2015
(To Supplement the FIS International Competition Rules)
The Army Snowboard Association (ASBA) Rules are issued to clarify or expand upon the FIS International Snowboard Competition (ICR) Rules. Both the FIS ICR and the ASBA Rules will be followed by the organisers and competitors at an Army Snowboard Competition. These rules will be reviewed annually and also when the FIS ICR is revised.
EX SNOW LION RESULTS – 2015
EX SNOW LION – The 51 Bde Winter Ski and Snowboard competition is currently taking place in Aviemore, Scotland.
SEEDING after 3 Championship races
SNOWBOARD TEAM GIANT SLALOM – TEAM
SEEDING after 2 Championship races
Individual Giant Slalom
Individual Team Slalom
Super G Individual
Super G Team
Royal Engineer Captain Jennifer Kehoe has been guiding Millie Knight, a 15-year old Visually Impaired (VI) athlete skiing for the British Disabled Ski Team, for two years. The pair joined forces in February 2013, after Capt Kehoe was approached by a coach at the Inter-Services Snowsport Championships held in Meribel. Their first competition as a team was the Austrian National Championships in March 2013, where they won Bronze in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom races. They qualified for the Paralympics in Sochi in March, but due to a serious knee injury in December 13, Capt Kehoe was unable to compete with Millie. Fortunately, she has made a rapid recovery and they are back racing together this winter. Their target this year is to compete in the World Championships in Panorama, Canada in March 2015.
In her own words Captain Kehoe reports on her experiences as a Visually Impaired Ski Guide … READ MORE…
ARMY SPORTS AWARD 2014
The President, Chairman and all at AWSA would like to congratulate the winter sport athletes on their fantastic achievements at the hugely successful Army Sports Awards last night:
Extract from his citation: ‘WO2 Mark Scorgie has shown exceptional and enduring commitment to both able-bodied and adaptive alpine skiing. As a competitor he achieved the highest levels of military success, competing in six Inter Service Championships, and represented the Combined Services at the Australian Defence Force Championships, and twice at the British National Championships. As a coach, he is widely respected throughout the international skiing community and continues to add a huge amount as the Head Coach of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team (CSDST).’
Runner Up ‘Sportsman of the Year’ – LSgt Deen Gren Gds
Extract from his citation: ‘A keen sportsman, he has represented his unit at Boxing, Basketball, Athletics and Football. In 2006, at the Army Minor Units Athletics competition, he was spotted by the Army Bobsleigh Association’s talent scout and he has concentrated on Bobsleigh ever since. During the next three seasons, LSgt Deen impressed his coaches, learned quickly and made rapid progress competing on the European Cup tour and moved up the world rankings. In January 2014, by finishing in the top 20 of the world driver rankings, LSgt Deen qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. At Sochi, LSgt Deen finished 23rd in the 2-man race as the GB 1 driver and 19th in the 4-man race as the GB 2 driver. This is a considerable achievement, all in just four years.’
Runner Up ‘Adaptive Athlete of the Year’ – Sgt (Vet) Mick Brennan
Extract from his citation: ‘In late 2004, whilst serving with the Royal Signals, Sgt Mick Brennan was caught in a suicide bomb blast, losing both legs below the knee and was in a coma for two weeks. He spent the next three years attending Headley Court and in 2008, he took part in the first adaptive Exercise Snow Warrior discovering his love of skiing. Over the next four years, he focussed his energy into becoming a world class sit-skier, an ambition that was realised with his selection for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. He produced his lifetime best results finishing in the top ten in his three races. Most notable was his super G result, where he was only one of 12 skiers who completed the course out of a total of 31 starters.’
Congratulations to LSgt Lamin Deen – Bobsleigh Gold at the Park City Americas Cup
LSgt Lamin Deen and his team took gold position in the four-man bobsleigh at the Americas Cup event in Park City, USA (16 Nov 14). Lamin was joined by Keith McLaughlin, Richard Stead and Andrew Matthews and they won in a combined two-run time of one minute 36.66 seconds. They also claimed bronze in the first race on Saturday. Visit the BBC website to see a report on the event. The British team will compete in the third Americas Cup race of the 2014-15 campaign in Calgary, Canada, from 17-23 November.
AWSA PRESIDENT’S CERTIFICATE FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE – 2014
The AWSA President’s Certificate for Outstanding Service is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding service to Army Winter Sports, in either one or more Disciplines – only 6 can be awarded annually. In his position as President of the AWSA General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff, presented certificates to this year’s deserving winners on Wednesday 29th October 2014. Congratulations to the 2014 winners:
Sean Olsson has dedicated over 20 years of his career to Bobsleigh, with the highlight being a bronze medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in Japan. Since retiring from the Army and the Parachute Regiment in 2012, he has spent many weeks coaching individuals, usually at a considerable loss to his personal income as he has to take time off work. For his dedication to Bobsleigh, the 2014 AWSA’s President’s certificate is awarded to ex Colour Sergeant Sean Olsson.
For his dedication to Nordic skiing, Cpl Ben Woolley RLC of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC was awarded the 2014 AWSA President’s Certificate. He completed 8 seasons as a Nordic skier, culminating in him competing in the 2012 Biathlon World Championships. He has now successfully translated his personal performance into coaching and has a very bright future as a coach.
WO2 Lloyd Bagshaw AGC (SPS)
WO2 Lloyd Bagshaw AGC (SPS) based at HQ AGC is somewhat of an unsung hero who quietly sits in the background and gets on with the job in hand. For the past 10 years he has been the Nordic Stadium Manager for EXERCISE SPARTAN HIKE, providing a sporting arena appropriate for Nordic skiers. Additionally he organises daily Team Captains’ meetings, sorts out the 250 bibs for each race, ensures flags and banners are correctly sighted and is de facto the Nordic Championships Sergeant Major and Quartermaster. For his 10 years dedication to EX SPARTAN HIKE, WO2 Bagshaw has been awarded the 2014 President’s certificate.
Lt Col Mike Lewis
Lt Col Mike Lewis of the Royal Engineers has devoted the past 3 years to enhancing Army Snowboard. Despite a very busy day job in Army HQ, he took over the reins of Secretary 3 years ago at a critical juncture, overseeing the contracted delivery of the Army Snowboard Championships. He has worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery success of competitive events. Additionally he has developed a safety and governance directive, increased the opportunities for officials training, cemented a healthy relationship with BASI and has integrated freestyle skiing into the Discipline. He was promoted to Lt Col in 2013 and now runs a busy desk in PJHQ, working for the Chairman! For his dedication to Army Snowboard, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Lewis is awarded the 2014 AWSA President’s Certificate.
WINTER SPORT INSURANCE
There are a number of Insurers providing cover for winter sport exercises which units and unit/individuals are free to choose from. However, Exercise organisers/individuals may wish to consider the services of Towergate Wilsons, a Team Army sponsor supporting the AWSA which has provided bespoke insurance packages encompassing our military and competition requirements and covering the generic needs of unit teams, individuals and discipline event organisers for many years. For further information contact +44 (0)1242 533792 (quoting AWSA) or visit their website.
Roller skiing is a very effective snow simulation tool (and even a sport by itself) but you want to keep a few things in mind. First, if you simply can’t get comfortable on pavement or around traffic you might be better off doing foot ski simulation instead. A terrified roller skier isn’t going to be able to get their heart rate up (maybe via fright but not via training and is far more likely to take a dangerous fall. Conversely, if you are rolling in particularly tough terrain or high altitude you need to make sure your heart rate does not climb too high. It is very easy to get swept up by the speed of roller skiing and forget to monitor your training zones. If you are operating at too high a heart rate with too little experience on roller skis you are more likely to make mistakes, which result in a fall or simply over train yourself. Finally, the biggest benefit roller skiing provides over bounding or running is in the development of technique and endurance strength. To yield the maximum benefit, roller ski workouts must contain a great deal of focused time isolating specific technical areas and muscle groups. Many skiers (of all ages) go out all summer and fall on roller skis and can’t figure out why they don’t make a huge jump in improvement the next winter. The answer usually lies in too much time rolling with “lazy ” technique; always skiing in terrain that is too steep or too flat; and/or generally just “going out” instead of going out with a specific goal in mind. Download a full copy of the guide for information on: Roller Skis, Poles, Boots, Gloves, Protective Gear, Where to Roller Ski, How To Roller Ski and Training Tips.
Biathlon Rifles – DIN now out
Weapons: Issue of Rifles and Conversions kits is done through DSG and DE&S. Units must have entered Ex PIPEDOWN or Ex SPARTAN HIKE to get priority bidding. Each unit will be issued only 6 weapons and 4 Conv kits until the 31st Oct but if a unit needs kit for Summer Trg they are to approach the Secretary direct with support from their Corps Captain. Where possible Female teams are to bid for their weapons as a central bid (with different UINs if req). POC for Wpns is Ian Heighway at DSG and Conversion Kits is Hazel May at DE&S. I can provide their contact details if units need them urgently – firstname.lastname@example.org. The DIN can be viewed on DII http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/libraries/corporate/DINStraining/2014/2014DIN07-135.pdf.
Snowboard Cross – EX SNOWJACK 2014
Reminder on the Use of Military Vehicles
Event organisers are to note that Service Regulations apply at all times to service transport, including vehicles that are hired at public expense. Unless there is a specific exemption, civilians (including spouses of military VIPs) are not permitted to travel in military transport. This will have implications for event organisers, especially with respect to how visitors are looked after. Check out JSP 800 for details.
Sources of Funding for Army Winter Sports
Useful document listing Public and Non-Public Sources of Funding for Army Winter Sports – to dowload a pdf click here.